"Mississippi Burning" Klansman dies in prison

Edgar Ray Killen shown here in 2005 was convicted in the 1964 murders of civil rights activists Andrew Goodman James Chaney and Michael Schwerner

Edgar Ray Killen shown here in 2005 was convicted in the 1964 murders of civil rights activists Andrew Goodman James Chaney and Michael Schwerner

Edgar Ray Killen, who was convicted for the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers in MS, died Thursday in prison, WAPT reported.

Edgar Ray Killen was accused of manslaughter in the murder of Civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

The men's disappearance and deaths shocked the country and helped catalyse the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

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His conviction came on the 41 years to the day since the crime took place and resulted in Killen receiving a 60-year prison sentence-the maximum jail time of 20 years per each victim.

Killen, 92, died on Thursday in the state penitentiary in Drew, Miss.

David Goodman, Andrew's brother, said Friday he was informed of Killen's death on Thursday by state corrections officers.

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The 1988 film "Mississippi Burning" is loosely based on the violent slayings and the following investigation that unfolded amid the peak of the Civil Rights movement.

"Mississippi authorities reopened the case after finding out Sam Bowers said the main instigator had gotten away with murder and that was Edgar Ray Killen As we reported about that they reopened the case", according to Michell. Mr Goodman, another white New Yorker, underwent civil-rights training in OH and arrived in MS a day before Mr Schwerner and Mr Chaney were killed.

A deputy sheriff in Philadelphia had arrested them on a traffic charge, then released them after alerting a mob.

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Klansmen abducted and killed the three men while they were organizing a voter registration drive for black people in Jessup County.

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